I think people really underestimate how fucking evil a large chunk of American Christianity is, when they try to say to antichoicers “well if you’re against abortion, at least you should support things like WIC and SNAP, so that women facing an unplanned pregnancy can still feed their future kid”

I’ll be blunt, to American Christians like this, “but single mothers and their kids will starve!” is the entire fucking point. Being ostracized by your family and community and left for you and your bastard child to starve alone in abject misery and deprivation is what they believe the Godly punishment should be for being “unchaste,” and that things like food benefits and contraception are destroying moral society because they let women have unapproved sex without being as controlled by the fear of being cast out to starve with an unwanted kid (this also heavily ties into misogynist racism against woc, especially black women, who are accused of being “welfare queens,” draining good, properly chaste white Christians with kids born from their supposedly mindlessly lustful and irresponsible behavior, that can only be kept in check with threats of starvation or violence).

“Women (especially woc) cannot overcome their base urges and live virtuous lives without being heavily trained and coerced by threats of deprivation, isolation, and violence” is one of the most important unspoken ground rules of reactionary movements, both religious and secular

Evangelicals have no long-standing theological problem with abortion. My parents have been married for longer than evangelicals have been against abortion. Evangelicals in the 1970s didn’t care about abortion. Being against abortion was a Catholic thing. Evangelicals thought abortion is unfortunate, but not evil.

What changed?

Bob Jones v. US (1983).

Bob Jones University, an evangelical school, had a segregationist dating policy. It means what you think it does – they wouldn’t allow white students to date black students. They also wouldn’t admit black students who supported interracial marriage. This was in the mid-70s. Loving v Virginia was nearly a decade in the rearview mirror. The government threatened to revoke their tax-exempt status as a university unless this Jim Crow shit stopped. The school sued, and this eventually went to the Supreme Court. The Court, unsurprisingly, agreed with the government.

What was clear to evangelical leaders, then, in 1983, was that out-and-out racism was no longer going to be tolerated. What could they focus on that would have the same effect? What could rally the base without openly espousing racist views?

Reagan, with his “welfare queens” dog-whistle politicking gave them a like-minded politician glad of their support. And Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was only to happy to tell people what he thought of abortion.

So here we are, thirty-five years later, with every evangelical doing their damnedest to pretend that evangelicals have always been against abortion. They’ve lied themselves into believing it, and now they claim they’re against birth control too. That’s even more spurious – If they actually thought life begins at conception, then birth control would be a necessity, because fertilized eggs being rejected is the norm. Most of what they want to call human life never even gets implanted in the womb, or lasts very long if it does. And if they cared about life, welfare programs ought to be the most important, to ensure everyone has a good standard of living worthy of human beings.

But they don’t care about those things, so the only conclusion is that they are not pro-life. They just don’t want to see family planning and health care go to women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, etc.

It was never about being pro-life. 

(and incidentally – Bob Jones v US was an 8-1 decision. Who was the dissenting voice? None other than William Rehnquist. Who was elevated to Chief Justice by Reagan when Warren Burger retired a few years later. None of what has happened has happened by accident)

Randall Balmer has a really good article about that here.

And it’s worth noting that Bob Jones University defended their policy exclusively on religious freedom grounds, but Rehnquist’s dissent was based entirely on procedural grounds. Even the one justice who was “on their side” didn’t buy  their argument and had to justify it on other grounds. It’s been a long road from BJU v. US to the Hobby Lobby case.

Very relevant:

The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal

White evangelicals and contraception: reversal and revision redux



@tortoiserescue needs help…!!! Their house and the turtle hospital burned down on Friday….
go to their Facebook Page American Tortoise Rescue…they already raised $4949…join us…every dollar counts….
Thank you….
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Friends! Please spread the word! @tortoiserescue, creators of #worldturtleday, need our help!  They not only spread love and education, but they also rehab and provide a sanctuary for so many turtles and tortoises!

Everything has been destroyed by the fires in California. The turtle and tortoise homes, medical records, files, and sadly several shell friends were lost as well. The fires aren’t over and they need our help to help secure the turtles and tortoises that have survived, so so many, including those in their hospital facility. 

This is the current status of their location. They will be posting a go fund me when they can but please, if you can, give a little and spread the word. 

Donations can be made on their facebook page here: American Tortoise Rescue 







I like haunted houses in theory BUT I have no idea how to react when the actors speak to you. They ask me a question and I just… answer it…

The scariest part of a haunted house is the unscripted social interaction.

Scary nurse in a creepy voice: “Do you have an appointment to see the doctor?”

Me: “Uh. Do you accept walk-ins?”

Scary farmer: “I like to kill people!”

My friend, brightly: “I like to die!”

Zombie : “AARRRGH”

Me : “Do you get dental insurance?”

Zombie : “TEETH!!”

This happened to me.

Scary prison dude: HELLO

Me: Nice to meet you!

Him: (pause) No it’s noooooot

My worst horror house experience was when I couldn’t find the (rather obvious) exit and the guy chasing me with a chainsaw stopped, sighed and pointed me to the exit, saying “please scream as loud as you can when you run out there” and just left. I disappointed the horror house chainsaw dude and I will never get over that



Hi so Lady definitely needs to have surgery to have her liver back in her abdomen and not in her chest. While her liver enzymes were fine, the stuff the liver produces were a little low. Her breathing weirdness and coughing could also be due to the liver pressing on her lungs. The vet suggested I budget about $2500 and needless to say that’s not something I can save on my own in a timely manner. Any help and getting the word out would be incredibly helpful.

Here is the link to the fundraising campaign. If PayPal would work better for you the link is or Squarecash is $chikadee

I have a fear that when she has symptoms that if I don’t watch her or if I go to sleep, I’m going to wake up or check on her and see that she’s suffocated. Her breathing rate is a little over normal range and I know if I took her to the vet they’d probably say she’s fine (for having her liver in her lungs).

$576 left please share I’m a wreck and I’m only going to get worse the more this goes on. I’ll watch her or think about her symptoms and just start sobbing. I’m so worried and afraid.

OMG yall need to see what my friend just scored at a flea market!





My bbygirl Emily @queen-of-the-wild-things got this gorgeous antique partial human skeleton at a flea market for only $30 bucks!! All she was told is that it’s from a university, beyond that we have concluded it’s a female and she was probably pretty young based on her petite size and non-pronounced brow line, and unfused cranial sutures. If anyone has any further info/conclusions based on these pics PLEASE share it with us bc we want to learn as much about her as we can! You can tell from the green moss stains and the rusty metal bits used for articulation that this cutie clearly has some interesting history!

@shiftythrifting i’m sorry but i feel like a partial human skeleton is the DEFINITION of shifty thrifting

Honestly skeletons of deceased people deserve respect, and this is just… bullshit 🙂